Our Friend Pakistan…

Apparently, in addition to everything else, the Bushies may be backing the wrong horse in the "War on Terrrrrr…"

From Raw Story:

Pakistan, one of President Bush’s stalwart allies in the "War on Terror," gave substantial military support to the Taliban in the years leading up to 9/11, according to newly released documents.

Obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by George Washington University’s National Security Archive, the documents provide a striking contrast to the Administration’s portrayal of Pakistan. They show that Pakistan not only supplied arms and troops to train and fight alongside the extremist group.

Okay, sloppy editing aside, what we have here is that Pakistan armed and trained the Taliban. But this gets better.

When the Taliban seized Afghanistan in 1996, Bin Laden forged an alliance between the new rulers and al-Qaeda. His fighters trained alongside — and integrated — with the Taliban army. Bin Laden provided the Taliban with economic support, and his group was thought to have played a part in the assassination of the Taliban’s strongest internal military opponent.

After the 1998 US embassy bombings in Africa, the Taliban refused extradition requests from the United States.

The National Security Archive calls the documents the "most complete and comprehensive collection of declassified documentation to date on Pakistan’s aid programs to the Taliban, illustrating Islamabad’s firm commitment to a Taliban victory in Afghanistan."

The documents largely predate Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf, who uses the title of President and took power in a 1999 military coup. On Sunday, Musharraf acknowledged diplomatic and economic links with the Taliban but denied direct military aid.

Okay, if you’re a wingnut, and you have to support Bush, you’re going to argue, "but, it all predates the current leadership of Pakistan. of course, as usual, you’re not seeing the logic. Not surprising, of course…

Musharraf’s claims are just not credible, but even if they were, diplomatic relations gives the Taliban credibility, and economic aid gives them the money to buy weapons. The Taliban currently controls most of Afghanistan, since Bush deemed it less important than reigniting a civil war in Iraq, and al Qaeda has demonstrated themselves to be more than willing to funnel arms to their buddies.

What this information shows us is that Pakistan, our supposed allies, are two timing us, and actually enabling terrorism. Think about it; they give the money to the Taliban, al Qaeda supports the Taliban and vice versa. Therefore, he is directly supporting the Taliban, and indirectly supporting al Qaeda.

With friends like this, who needs enemies?

Wingnuts, that was a rhetorical question…